Rio pre-carnival events kick off with a dog parade

By |February 24th, 2017|Art & Culture, City, Destinations, Events, Region - Latin America / Caribbean|Comments Off on Rio pre-carnival events kick off with a dog parade

Rio pre-carnival events dog paradeThe pre-carnival festivity in Rio de Janeiro has commenced with unique dog parade. Owners of dozens of dogs outfitted in costumes on Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana seaside promenade in a parade sang “Carnival is wild” and “Come enjoy the puppies”. Besides providing entertainment, they denounced the maltreatment and abandonment of these domestic pets.

Superheroes and ballerinas were just some of the costumes donned by the pets for the so-called “blocão” parade – a word formed by blending “bloco” (troupe) and “cão” (dog).

Dogs and their owners began arriving for the event starting at 8 am on Sunday, and for three hours they paraded along Copacabana’s famous Atlantic Avenue, which these days is bubbling with emotion and has become the site of numerous pre-Carnival parades loaded with rhythm and color.

In all, almost 100 dogs took advantage of the occasion to frolic with each other, and enjoy interacting with the people who passed by or showed up to see the parade.

Moreover, the number of people joining the parade to denounce the mistreatment and abandonment of dogs (and other pets) grew by leaps and bounds in a matter of minutes.

Virtually everyone was dressed up in assorted costumes and people in the crowd took photo after photo of both the dogs and the owners in the parade.

The dog parade was the first event of what will be a very active day in Rio, given that this is the last weekend before Carnival officially begins.